Mohamed Hamchi (Batna): For the Sake of the Mediterranean, De-Securitize the Arab Spring. From the Journal of Democracy, Nathan Brown (GWU): Tracking the "Arab Spring": Egypt’s Failed Transition; and Steven Heydemann (Georgetown): Tracking the "Arab Spring": Syria and the Future of Authoritarianism. Nearly three years after Tunisians rose up, most Arab dictators remain in power — why did the Middle East's season of ferment deliver so little change? Meet the man who co-opted democracy in the Middle East: Now that the Arab Spring has been turned into a totally owned subsidiary of the Saudi royal family, it is time to take note of Prince Bandar bin Sultan. A new brain trust for the Middle East: Where will the region find fresh ideas for its future? A plan takes root. Where a moustache can mean life or death: Easily identified by trademark facial hair, Kakai Kurds in northern Iraq live under constant threat. From World Affairs, Oray Egin on Syria, Iran, and Kurdish independence. In Syria, code language defies surveillance: Joshua J. Friedman on how people communicate when the government is watching. Laura Dean on the unluckiest people on Earth: Syrians refugees thought Egypt would be safe — they were wrong. Isaac Chotiner on how Syria is going to become Al Qaedastan (and three other myths about Obama's Syria foreign policy). Jonathan Marks reviews Tocqueville in Arabia: Dilemmas in a Democratic Age by Joshua Mitchell. Martin W. Lewis on Robin Wright’s audacious remapping of the Middle East.

The latest issue of Vectors is out. Carmen Cozma (UIAC): Phenomenology of Life in Understanding the Cosmopolitan Humanness. Ripples of fear after Dominican Republic citizenship ruling. From Strange Maps, Frank Jacobs on Gibraltar, the mother of all territorial disputes; and on the world's twistiest border. The Amazon mystery: Derek Thompson on what America's strangest tech company is really up to. Henry Farrell on five things you need to know about the transatlantic wiretap scandal. Where did the anti-globalization movement go? Mimi Dwyer wants to know. Marty Sullivan figured out how the world’s biggest companies avoided billions in taxes — here’s how he wants to stop them. From The Washington Monthly, Max Ehrenfreund on how malfunctioning exchanges show why liberals are right; and Paul Glastris on what Obamacare could have been. Rise of the distorporation: A mutation in the way companies are financed and managed will change the distribution of the wealth they create. David Dayen on how the media can't stop sucking up to Alan Greenspan. Why do we so seldom se people smiling in painted portraits? Nicholas Jeeves explores the history of the smile through the ages of portraiture. Ashley Deeks on how courts can influence national security without doing a single thing. Does the constitutional measure of just compensation — fair market value — unfairly undercompensate those whose property is taken through eminent domain?

Steve Cooke (Manchester): Animal Rights and Environmental Terrorism. Darcy Courteau reviews Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem. Will elephants be extinct by 2025? Worldwide demand for ivory is fueling rampant poaching. Steve Donoghue reviews Trash Animals: How We Live With Nature’s Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species. The living dead wouldn't stand a chance: David Mizejewski explains how nature would deal with a zombie outbreak. Lindsay Abrams on a new study that suggests that manmade changes to the environment are making some animals smarter. Philip Bethge on how dolphins may be dumber than we think. Are pigs as smart as dogs, and does it really matter? Julian Baggini on the vegan carnivore: It's made in a lab, no factory farms and no killing, but it's still meat — looks like we'll need a whole new food ethics. Saving animals from factory farms: Alissa Quart on fake meat’s increasingly real future. George Dvorsky on how to be an ethical carnivore. Pro-life, pro-animal: Matthew Scully on the conscience of a pro-life, vegan conservative. Why you look like your dog: Sarah Yager goes behind the phenomenon of pet/owner resemblance. Michael Kaiser on trial issues in a dog bite case. Damaris Colhoun on why we love cat memes: Grumpy Cat's ancestors hail from ancient Egypt and mid-20th century France, and show why cat art fascinates us. Sorry, you probably don't understand your cat's meows.